With the recent release of Guacamelee, I couldn't help but have old nostalgic feelings of Metroidvania games sprout up. I asked a few of my friends that are not nearly as involved with gaming as I am what their favorite Metroidvania game was and they replied with "what's Metroidvania?" And I couldn't help but think "seriously?" I then realized I may take for granted some terminology that I think of as commonplace. So, I made this video about the birth, history and continuing relevance of the Metroidvania genre... which I think will turn into a series of episodes discussing the same thing -- topics that I take for granted as commonplace knowledge or simply things that are interesting in regards to gaming.